Supreme Court refuses to stay release of Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Kaala’

Karnataka must provide security for Kaala: High Court

Supreme Court refuses to stall release of Rajinikanth movie 'Kaala'

On May 29, the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce decided not to screen Kaala after several local organisations demanded a ban on the film, citing Rajinikanth's comments on the sharing of Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Justice G Narendar issued the direction on the basis of a Supreme Court order, which had stayed ban orders imposed on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Padmaavat' by four states, including Rajasthan, early this year.

Actor-politician Rajinikanth, whose upcoming movie "Kaala" is facing stiff opposition from pro-Kannada activists, has appealed to Karnataka Chief Minitser H D Kumaraswamy, asking for security at theatres where the movie will be screened. The Additional Advocate General, Shivanna, told the court that the government has not received a list of theatres, dates and other details of release for it to take action.

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the State government to take adequate steps to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the screening of Rajinikanth's movie "Kaala" across the State. "The distributors and exhibitors all have to be brought together by the KFCC to ensure a film's release", he said.

As head of K'taka govt, I have to implement the direction of High Court, it's my responsibility. He requested that the government should provide security for the film's release.

With just a day left for the worldwide release of his film "Kaala", Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Wednesday questioned certain groups preventing the film's release in Karnataka. He added that he doesn't think it is right to block the release of Kaala for having said this.

"I am also a film distributor and producer".

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